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Help your child be safe.

Make people aware of your child's peanut allergy so that your child will always be safe.

  • Talk with your child about what to do at home, school, camp, parties, restaurants, or anywhere he or she may come into contact with peanut products. Emphasize the importance of washing hands before and after eating, and not sharing food. Always ask if the food contains nuts. You may want to practice by role-playing different situations.
  • Have a written plan that includes strategies to prevent food allergen exposures and accidents (Individual Healthcare Plan or IHP), as well as an emergency action plan (EAP) that states what treatment to administer when an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis occurs.
  • IHP plans are available from the National Association of School Nurses
  • EAP plans are available from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
  • Always have emergency medications, including epinephrine auto-injectors available for quick access at all times and at all locations.
  • Be sure the people in your child's life — teachers, relatives, friends, camp counselors — understand the importance of following your prevention guidelines and emergency action plan. Be sure they know who to contact (and how to reach them) in case of an emergency.
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